Welcome to the law school that fuels democracy.

Equally appropriate are the words of our 2018 Commencement Speaker Professor Paul Butler: “welcome to the company of woke lawyers.” Here, you join the ranks of talented and committed public interest lawyers, activists, organizers, scholars, and leaders on the front line of social justice.

Here, we transform the practice of law so that it includes and represents those it has excluded, marginalized, and oppressed.

#1 Law School in the nation for Public Interest by PreLaw magazine

At CUNY Law, you’ll experience our widely praised curriculum that combines training in legal theory, skills, and ethics. You’ll make meaningful contributions to our clinics, ranked in the top three in the nation, where you’ll begin the work of advocating while you’re still in school. In fact, we are unrivaled in our training and placement of public interest practitioners across the sector. You’ll graduate with an intellectual and ethical foundation that will enable you to transform justice across the country and across the globe.


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Students being sworn in

Together, we are a movement. We represent what it looks like to be lawyers trained in the service of human needs. We direct the ACLU’s National Initiatives and the Innocence Project. We are judges, public defenders, and prosecutors. We head our own public interest law firms. We are the first DREAMers to be elected to New York public office. Among us are teachers, social workers, and artists. We sit on city councils and town boards, and we found and lead nonprofits.

Hear it from our students